Speed, performance and comfort, in the automotive world these characteristics rarely manage to combine well; Peugeot has instead decided to debunk this myth with the new 308 GTi, a car that unites truly sporty performance with the refinement of a luxury sedan. We have driven it on the track of Vallelunga, so as to be able to discover its most racing soul.
With a sleek and “clean” design, the new Peugeot 308 GTi is different than the standard variant for the bumper with new air intakes, for Full LED headlights with sequential direction indicators and the large rear spoiler, as well of course the two-tone tint (black and red) of the body. Inside we find bucket seats in leather and Alcantara with contrasting red stitching, fitted with the new Peugeot iCockpit and the reduced dimensions steering wheel, which, however, covers the lower area of the dashboard and creates some poor eyesight.
At the technical level, we find a 1.6-liter THP with 270 HP and 330 Nm, mated to a manual six-speed gearbox and a Torsen mechanical limited slip differential; on track, all this “cavalry” takes little to rock, with a top speed of up to 250 Km/h and the sprint from 0 to 100 Km/h achieved in six seconds flat. Among the curves of Vallelunga, we also enjoyed the road holding and the dynamism of the French car, while it has a little disappointed us the roar of the engine: by pressing the Sport button, in addition to having a greater response by accelerator, we will also have the roar of amplified engine in the cockpit, but it seemed much artifact.
Leaving aside these minor flaws, however, the Peugeot 308 GTi is still a fun and brilliant car to drive, but, if necessary, can transform into a quiet car for weekend outings or to go to work, thus ensuring a large and appreciable versatility. Prices? It starts from 32,650 euros for the 250 HP version and 35,150 euros for the 270 HP, subject of our test.